Sundance leaps into ‘Abyss’

Distributor grabs Herzog documentary

Sundance Selects has reteamed with Werner Herzog, snagging North American rights to the helmer’s latest doc, “Into the Abyss,” just ahead of its preem at the Toronto Film Festival.

Distributor, a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, found success earlier this year with Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” picked up out of Toronto last year.

“Abyss” investigates a triple murder case in Texas and includes interview footage with a death-row inmate who was executed soon after appearing in the film. Doc will get a theatrical release prior to broadcast, in its entirety, on Investigation Discovery channel.

Erik Nelson (“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”) produced the pic, with Dave Harding, Amy Briamonte, Henry Schleiff, Sara Kozak, Andre Singer and Lucki Stipetic as exec producers.

Distribution pact was negotiated by IFC’s Jonathan Sehring and Betsy Rodgers with Nelson and Briamonte, both from production company Creative Differences, and attorney Marc Simon.

“Abyss” joins a Sundance Selects slate that includes upcoming offerings “Weekend,” “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” and “Poliss.”

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